May 17-18 - Stillwater, Oklahoma. The spring meeting of the Texas Map Society, 'Indian Territory Maps: The Early Years', at Oklahoma State University.
May 17-18 - Washington, D.C. 'Re-Drawing Ptolemy: the Cartographic Creations of Martin Waldseemüller' - The Philip Lee Phillips Society’s annual conference, at the Library of Congress.
May 21-2 - Brussels. 'Preservation of the Cartographical Production Process' [of 20th-century Europe] - launch of a new working group.
June 14 - Greenwich, London. An international conference, The Pîrî Reis World Map, 1513, at the Old Royal Naval College. ['To mark the map’s 500th anniversary, UNESCO has declared 2013 Pîrî Reis Year'.]
June 20-21 - Chicago. Symposium, 'Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas', Newberry Library. For more information contact: Jim Akerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) Deadline for Call for Papers: 14 January 2013.
June 24-8 - London. 'Mapping Land and Sea before 1900', a five-day, intensive course - part of the London Rare Books School (LRBS) - run by Catherine Delano Smith and Sarah Tyacke with invited specialists.
June 30-July 5 - Helsinki, Finland. 25th International Conference on the History of Cartography. Deadline for Call for Papers: 15 November 2012.
July 1-4 - Leeds. 'Mappings' sessions at the International Medieval Congress. To participate, email (by 24 August 2012): Felicitas.Schmieder(at)FernUni-Hagen.de or terkla(at)iwu.edu.
July 18-21. Philadelphia. 21st Annual SHARP Conference, 'Geographies of the Book'. It is suggested that 'Geographies within books may invoke imaginative topographies or journeys within fictional works, the place of maps and images in travelogues and novels'. [Membership of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing is required for presenters.] Deadline for Call for Papers: 30 November 2012.
August 22-3 - Leipzig. Joint 'Workshop on Historical Maps, Atlases and Toponymy', organized by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Atlases, and the Joint ICA Working Group and IGU Commission on Toponymy, at the Institut für Länderkunde.
August 25-30 - Dresden. 26th International Cartographic Conference of the International Cartographic Association, including the Commission on the History of Cartography.
August 26-8 - Copenhagen. [NB. This was CANCELLED in February]. Vinland Map Symposium, hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation in cooperation with the Royal Danish Geographical Society.
August 28-30 - London. RGS-IBG Conference, 'Historical Geographies of Global Knowledge, c. 1780-1914' [among the potential themes is 'surveying and cartography']. Deadline for Call for Papers: 1 February 2013. Contact Diarmid Finnegan (d.finnegan(at) qub.ac.uk) or Jonathan Wright (jonathan.wright(at)qub.ac.uk).
September 8-11 - Fairbanks, Alaska. 31st international symposium of the International Map Collectors' Society.
September 27-8 - Dallas. The fall meeting of the Texas Map Society at Southern Methodist University's DeGoyler Library.
October 11-12 - Winterthur. A conference, 'Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience', hosted by the Winterthur Museum and the Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware.
October 24-26 - Chicago. The 18th Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, 'The War of 1812 and American Cartography', at the Newberry Library.
October 31-November 2 - Tampa Bay. The 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries at the Tampa Bay History Center, Florida.
November 4-8 - Berkeley, California. Julie Sweetkind-Singer will present a course History of Cartography/Maps at the California Rare Book School.
November 9 - Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A Saturday Map Seminar of the William P. Cumming Map Society, Mapping the Early South III: New Insights, at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
November 29 - Paris. Journée d’étude to commemorate the centenary of the French Patrimony law of 31 December 2013; organized by the Commission ‘Histoire’ du Comité français de Cartographie and to be held in the Archives nationales - Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.
December 7 - Brussels. Conference of the Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC), 'Mapping India', in connection with the Europalia festival.
January - Washington, D.C. 'Women and Maps in Early Modernity' [c.1400-1700], a possible SSEMW Co-Sponsored Session at the American Historical Association's annual meeting. Deadline for Call for Papers: 10 January 2013.
February 7-9 - Miami. 20th Annual Miami International Map Fair, at HistoryMiami.
October 9-12 - Austin, Texas. The 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries.
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